The Ntha Foundation is currently establishing its headquarters in New York – with aspirations of taking their efforts continental, and global. New York comes as an ideal choice to set up their headquarters, as it is the location that is the convergence of most development partners.

The goal is to establish more global relations, and mobilise more resources towards efforts in Malawi, Africa, and beyond. The launch event of the Ntha Foundation in New York City, hosted by the Permanent Mission of Malawi to the United Nations, in partnership with the European Union Delegation to the United Nations, the Singapore Mission to the United Nations, and Pen + Brush, NYC is aimed at introducing the Ntha Foundation to more partners resident in New York.

These momentous events mark the global expansion of the Kwathu Kollective, with an aim of becoming the strongest innovation & creativity network in Africa: a curated community of innovators & creatives from the world of arts, startups, tech, & corporations.

Event Details:

Sponsor : Permanent Mission of Malawi to the United Nations

In Partnership with : EU Delegation to the United Nations

Launch Cocktail

Venue : Pen + Brush, New York City

Dates : 3rd April, 2023 (18:00 – 20:00 hrs)

Launch of Strategic Plan

Venue : Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nation

Dates : 4th April, 2023 (13:15 – 14:30 hrs)

About the Ntha Foundation:

The Ntha Foundation is an education trust which fosters the use of creativity and innovation for Development through advocacy. The organisation was founded by Nthanda Manduwi in 2018, and registered as a non-profit company (limited by guarantee) on the 12th of June 2020 in Malawi. Ntha Foundation invests in the education of youth, so they can utilise their creativity and innovation to advocate for social/development progression through strategic communication. Over the past 5 years, the foundation has partnered with the World Bank, the European Union, and GIZ as their main donors, mobilising $377,000 to set up two technology hubs in Malawi, and train over 1,000 youth in digital, creative, advocacy, and entrepreneurship skills.

Expected Outcomes:

The Ntha Foundation expects to create a pool of new partners, that they can collaborate with, and could fund Ntha Foundation initiatives and activities. They aim to galvanise efforts in advancing creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship on a global scale, with a focus on empowering young entrepreneurs and creatives in and from Africa.

Expected Guests and Partners:

The two events will bring together development partners: representatives of the United Nations, member states, donors (including the World Bank, EU, and GIZ), and digital economy experts.

Cocktail Venue (Pen + Brush):

Pen + Brush, a renowned cultural institution dedicated to advancing gender equality in the arts, provides the perfect backdrop for the launch of the female-founded and female-led organisation that is Ntha Foundation. Located in the heart of New York City, this historic venue embodies the spirit of creativity, empowerment, and collaboration.

Draft Agenda

Launch Cocktail (3rd April, 2024 – 18h00 – 20h00)

18:00 – 18:15 : Guests arriving, Networking, Cocktails

18:15 – 18:20 : Ntha Foundation overview video

18:20 – 18:25 : Introducing Nthanda – Hear from Aury on Nthanda’s relocation to New York

18:35 – 18:45 : Launch Presentation by Ms. Nthanda Manduwi, founder of the Ntha Foundation

18:45 – 18:55 : Musical / Artistic Performance – A performance by an African NY artist

18:55 – 19:35 : Lessons Conversation: “Taking Local Efforts Global: The Power of Scaling” 

19:35 – 20:00 : Networking Reception, and Exclusive Preview of the 5 Years of Ntha Foundation Report

Strategic Roadmap Launch (4th April, 2024 – 13h15 – 14h30)

13:15 – 13:27 : Guests arriving

13:27 – 13:30 : Welcome Remarks by H.E. Agnes Chimbiri-Molande, PR of Malawi to the UN

13:30 – 13:33 : Ntha Foundation overview video

13:33 – 13:39 : Keynote Address from the EU Delegation to the UN in New York

13:39 – 13:49 : Remarks by Ms. Nthanda Manduwi, founder of the Ntha Foundation

14:00 – 14:05 :Ribbon Cutting: – Launch of the Ntha Foundation 5 Year Strategic Roadmap

14:05 – 14:30 : Networking Reception, and Exclusive Preview of the Strategic Roadmap

RSVP: For more details, and to RSVP to one or both of these events via our website. Attendance to this exclusive event is by invitation only. For inquiries, you may contact us on contact@nthafoundation.org or nthanda@nthafoundation.org.

Work With Us

Want to partner on or fund one of our programmes / initiatives? We are always open to collaborations and partnerships. Contact our Chief Operation Officer; Mr. Victor Caeser Gondwe via victor@kwathucentre.org, or give us a call(direct or WhatsApp) on +265991850749.

To keep up with the work of the Ntha Foundation, our hub the Kwathu Kollective, our initiatives and our projects, follow us on social media: